Lippert Gulch Ranch is a 3,283± acre recreational mountain ranch with emphasis on its hunting resources. It has large populations of wildlife, especially trophy class elk and mule deer with over-the-counter hunting tags available. Hungarian partridge and sharp-tail grouse are also abundant. The terrain is varied and aesthetically pleasing - easy to access on foot, horseback, or vehicle. A large recently remodeled home and guest/bunkhouse are ready to use. Income from a lease to a neighbor covers basic operating costs. Townsend, with its restaurants and services, is eight miles by paved highway. The ranch enjoys an enviable location within easy driving range – less than an hour – of Bozeman, Helena and Canyon Ferry Lake.
Just the Facts
- 3,283± deeded acres
- 8 miles east of Townsend
- Helena is about a 45-minute drive
- Bozeman an hour’s drive south
- Elk and mule deer
- Hungarian partridge and sharp-tailed grouse
- 7,200± sq. ft. modern home and guest/bunkhouse
- Income displaces owner expenses
- Yellowstone National Park is 140 miles from the ranch
- 26-mile-long Canyon Ferry Reservoir is within 10 miles
- Downhill snow skiing at the state’s largest resort is a 90-minute drive
- Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling start within 5 miles
Tree and large bush species include black cottonwood, red ozier dogwood, quaking aspen, Woods’ rose, chokecherry, yellow willow, and snowberry. Also included are Douglas fir, Rocky Mountain juniper and limber pine.
One of the greatest benefits of this area is that it is not on the main road to anywhere, yet it is easily accessible from both Helena and Bozeman with a paved road right to the ranch. Townsend is a very attractive small town, which provides most basic services and is only eight miles away. In short, this is a very well-located and easily accessible ranch by Montana standards.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
3,283± deeded acres
A portion of the north side of the ranch approximating 2,230 acres is included in a conservation easement, leaving the southern 1,170± acres excluded from this easement. The main features of this private agreement include, prohibitions against subdivision, mining, larger commercial activities such as feedlots, logging and retail businesses. The 1,170± acre non-eased portion of the property is available for either development or the donation of an additional conservation easement. A copy of the existing easement document is available from the offices of Hall and Hall.
This tasteful 7,200± sq. ft. two-story house was originally built in 2000 and subsequently remodeled. In 2007, the lower level was finished, a new steel roof was added, and kitchen appliances were upgraded. There are three bedrooms and two-and-one-half bathrooms upstairs, and two bedrooms and one bathroom down. The downstairs includes a kitchen, enabling it to be used as a separate living area. There are hardwood floors throughout the upper floor, except for the slate flooring in the entry and kitchen. The home has radiant heat powered by propane gas.
This historic building has 1,400± sq. ft. of living area, and a single bedroom and bath. It was remodeled significantly for guest use only, as per the conservation easement.
The steel shop building was rebuilt in 2000. A portion of it is insulated, and there is a warm-room with electric baseboard heat and a concrete floor.
The haybarn was originally built in the 1950s and remodeled since. It includes an insulated tack room and foaling stall that are heated with electricity. It also features a new steel roof and one frost-free hydrant.
Additional wildlife species expected to be seen at any time include a wide range including coyote, black bear, red fox, skunk, beaver, bobcat, cottontail and jack rabbit, mountain lion, porcupine, and pronghorn. Bird sightings are American crow, black-billed magpie, Canada goose, Clark’s nutcracker, great blue heron, Hungarian partridge, mallard, red-tailed hawk, ring-necked pheasant, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, songbirds, and turkey.
The famous Blue Ribbon trout fishing portion of the Missouri River is within ninety minutes’ drive. It offers some of the finest dry-fly fishing in the state. It is only 45 miles to the headwaters of the Missouri where three of Montana’s renowned trout rivers combine. As mentioned earlier, this ranch could not be better located, both in terms of access to attractive towns such as Bozeman and Helena, and in terms of access to Montana’s finest streams and mountain ranges. Downhill skiing at the huge Big Sky Resort is just over a 90-minute drive. Locals also enjoy skiing at Showdown Ski Area an hour’s drive to the northeast.
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